Amazon-web-services – Amazon S3 bucket returning 403 Forbidden

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I've recently inherited a Rails app that uses S3 for storage of assets. I have transferred all assets to my S3 bucket with no issues. However, when I alter the app to point to the new bucket I get 403 Forbidden Status.

My S3 bucket is set up with the following settings:


Everyone can list

Bucket Policy

 "Version": "2012-10-17",
 "Statement": [
        "Sid": "PublicReadGetObject",
        "Effect": "Allow",
        "Principal": "*",
        "Action": "s3:GetObject",
        "Resource": "arn:aws:s3:::bucketname/*"

CORS Configuration

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<CORSConfiguration xmlns="">

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What else can I do to allow the public to reach these assets?

Best Answer

I know this is an old thread, but I just encountered the same problem. I had everything working for months and it just suddenly stopped working giving me a 403 Forbidden error. It turns out the system clock was the real culprit. I think s3 uses some sort of time-based token that has a very short lifespan. And in my case I just ran:


And the problem went away. I'm running CentOS 6 if it's of any relevance. This was the sample output:

19 Aug 20:57:15 ntpdate[63275]: step time server ip_address offset 438.080758 sec

Hope in helps!